Oct 4, 2013

Lalu Prasad Continue to Run Party

Lalu Prasad a hero, will continue to run party, wife Rabri Devi says

Lalu Prasad
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Thursday accused Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP of framing its leader Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam. "Laluji became a victim of the conspiracy by Nitish Kumar, who wanted to silence the voice of dalits, poor, backwards and minorities," said RJD MP Ram Kripal Yadav. Lalu's son, Tejaswi Yadav, echoed him. "The principal conspirators are Nitish and the BJP as Laluji fought against them. The RJD rank and file is united like a rock. Those who received kickbacks are out and the person who filed 45 FIRs is in jail." Lalu's wife and former Bihar CM, Rabri Devi, described him a hero, who would remain so. She said he would continue to run the party and the RJD has convened a meeting of its office-bearers on October 6 to discuss his conviction.

RJD general secretary Vijay Krishna said the party workers were angry and not in despair. "Their anger is aimed towards those who conspired against Laluji." He said Lalu consulted senior party leaders, including MPs Prabhunath Singh, Jagdanad Singh and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, about the future course of action in case he was jailed before leaving for Ranchi on Sunday. "He had delegated parliamentary business to Raghuvansh Babu." Krishna said the party ran the government when Lalu was in jail earlier and there will be no problem in running the party now. "Our MY (Muslim and Yadav) vote bank would further expand. There is no scope of rebellion as JD (U) leaders are hoping," he said. "We have senior minority community leaders like Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Taslimuddin, Mohammad Shahabuddin, MAM Fatmi, Akhlalq Ahmad and Ghulam Ghaus. They will mobilize people's support in different parts of the state."

He said the party would consult Lalu on important issues jail and Rabri Devi would be authorized to sign papers related to allotment of the symbol for elections. "Senior party leaders like Raghuvansh ji, Siddiqui ji, Ramkripal ji, will meet regularly under the guidance of the Madam (Rabri Devi) to take important decisions," he said. He said Tejaswi and his brother, Tej Pratap, will be part of the party's proposed collegium while Lalu would continue to remain its president. Krishna said the ties with the Congress may be reviewed next week. "There are differences with the Congress. The Congress itself is in the grip of inner contradictions," he said.

He said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi denunciation of the ordinance aimed at allowing convicted lawmakers to continue in legislative bodies was an insult to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Krishna said the party's plans to hold constituency level meetings from October 30 will continue. Separately, RJD's Madhya Pradesh unit merged with the BJP at Bhopal.